Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott

Associate Professor Jaklin Eliott
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit Public Health
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3855
 Location Floor/Room WS9067.01 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Graduate Program in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Program Coordinator (Research/1st year student liaison)
    Senior Lecturer

    Before commencing employment at the University, I was a Social Scientist with the Cancer Council Australia between 2008-11 (maintaining this position part-time for 2012), and a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Adelaide. Prior to 2008, I worked in the Cancer Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. In 2007, I was a Visiting Research Scholar with the Hope Foundation, University of Alberta, Canada.

    My PhD thesis (2006) examined the discursive construction of the 'do-not-resusitate' decision in the speech of patients diagnosed with cancer. I am fascinated by the social and moral implications of how people talk or write about their experiences and perceptions of serious or terminal illness. I also have an interest in how patients and their families make decisions throughout their illness journey (from diagnosis to death), and particularly, in the significance of different patterns of meanings for individuals, carers (personal and professional), and society in general.


    Recently, I have become interested in our beliefs around alcohol, particularly with regard to negotiating competing claims of health, risk, and social significance. Much of my work has a critical element in it, often centred on the gap between theory and practice, and the implications for medical policy and practice.

  • Qualifications

    1993: BA (Dance), The University of Adelaide

    1994: BA (Hons 1st class) Psychology, The University of Adelaide

    2006: PhD (Special Commendation) Discipline of Medicine, The University of Adelaide

  • Research Interests

    §       Non-medical aspects of cancer and cancer-treatment

    §       Alcohol (social aspects of drinking/not drinking)

    §       Hope

    §       Communication about health

    § Complementary and Alternative Medicines

    §       Patients and families facing serious illness

    §       Bioethics in action

    §      Constructions of peace and meaning

    §       Euthanasia

    §       Decision-making

    §       Lay, medical, and media representations of all the above

  • Research Funding

    Public and ethical responses to mandated alcohol warning labels about increased long-term risk of cancer

    ARC Linkage Project, 2012-2015 (LP120200175)

    Miller, Dr Emma R; Eliott, Dr Jaklin A; Olver, Prof Ian N; Ali, Dr Robert L; Braunack-Mayer, Prof Annette J; Crabb, Dr Shona H; Louise, Dr Jennie ; Baratiny, Dr Genevieve Y

    Partner Organisations: Cancer Council Australia, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia


    This project will determine how the Australian public will respond to the proposed introduction of alcohol product warning labels. It will establish how such at point of sale messages can acceptably and effectively inform Australians about the long-term, but modifiable, cancer risk associated with alcohol use and reduce the national cancer burden.


    Adelaide-Bordeaux Student Alcohol Project – a Pilot Study

    A project funded by the Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide

    Miller, Dr Emma R & Eliott, Dr Jaklin; Bouzdine-Chameeva, Prof Tatiana


    This project will examine all aspects of alcohol behaviour, including all forms of alcohol, in students in both university cohorts. The information will assist in characterising risk behaviour in relation to alcohol, and will benefit the University by providing risk level data specific to inform appropriate preventive activity planning.

  • Publications

    Journal Articles

    Scarborough, J., Eliott, J., Miller, E., & Aylward, P. (in press). Equity in primary health care delivery - an examination of the cohesiveness of strategies relating to primary healthcare system, health workforce, and hepatitis C. Australian Health Review  (accepted 30 October 2014).

    Louise, J., Eliott, J.A., Olver, I.N., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (in press). Mandatory cancer risk warnings on alcoholic beverages: What are the ethical issues? American Journal of Bioethics (accepted 7 October 2014).

    Olver, I.N., Eliott, J.A., Koczwara, B. (in press). A qualitative study investigating chemotherapy-induced nausea as a symptom cluster. Supportive Care in Cancer (accepted 8 May 2014).

    Olver, I.N., Eliott, J.A. (in press). The use of humor and laughter in research about end-of-life discussions. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. (accepted 28 July 2014).

    Klafke, N., Eliott, J.A., Olver, I.N., Wittert, G.A. (in press). Australian men with cancer practice complementary therapies (CTs) as a coping strategy. Psycho-Oncology. (accepted 25 March 2014).

    Wade, V., Eliott, J.A. & Hiller, J. (2014) Clinician acceptance is the key factor in sustainable telehealth services. Qualitative Health Research 24(5), 682-694.

    Klafke, N., Eliott, J.A., Olver, I.N., Wittert, G.A. (2014). The varied contribution of significant others to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) uptake by men with cancer: a qualitative analysis. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 18(3), 329-336.

    Bessen, T., Chen, G., Street, J., Eliott, J., Karnon, J., Keefe, D., & Ratcliffe, J. (2014). What sort of follow-up services would Australian breast cancer survivors prefer if we could no longer offer long-term specialist-based care? A discrete choice experiment. British Journal of Cancer 110(4), 859-867. DOI: 10.1038/bjc.2013.800

    Eliott J.A., & Miller, E.R. (2014). Can we put new knowledge on old bottles? Alcohol labelling and an unpalatable message. Medical Journal of Australia 200(2): 71-72. DOI: 10.5694/mja13.10426.

    Wade, V. & Eliott, J. (2014). Clinician acceptance is the key factor for sustainable telehealth services. Qualitative Health Research 24(5), 682-694.

    Klafke, N., Eliott, J.A., Olver, I.N., Wittert, G.A. (2014). The role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) routines and rituals in men with cancer and their significant others (SOs): A qualitative investigation. Supportive Care in Cancer 22(5), 1319-1331. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-013-2090-2

    Venning, A., Wilson, A., Kettler, L., & Eliott, J. (2013). Mental Health among youth in South Australia: A survey of flourishing, languishing, struggling, and floundering.  Australian Psychologist 48(4), 299-310.  doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00068.x B

    Eliott, J.A. & Olver, I.N. (2013). Public perceptions of cancer clusters, associated events, and appropriate institutional response. Cancer Forum 37(1), 93-99.

    Eliott, J.A. (2013). Hope-lore and the compassionate clinician. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 45(3), 628-634. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.10.233

    Wade, V. & Eliott, J. (2012). The role of the champion in telehealth service development: a qualitative analysis. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 18(8), 490-492. DOI: 10.1258/jtt.2012.GTH115.

    Wade, V., Karnon, J., Eliott, J., & Hiller, J. (2012). Home videophones improve direct observation in tuberculosis treatment: a mixed methods evaluation. PLoS One. 7(11), e50155. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050155. Epub 2012 Nov 30

    Olver, I.N. Eliott, J.A., Long, L., McKinnon, & Rumsby, G. (2012). The psychological impact of treatment for cancer as recorded by patients using unstructured journals. Journal of Cancer Education 27(4), 625-30.

    Wade, V., Eliott, J., Karnon, J., Elshaug, A., & Hiller, J. (2012). A qualitative study of ethical, medico-legal and clinical governance issues in Australian telehealth services. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 18(2), 109-14. C

    Klafke, N., Eliott, J., Wittert, G., & Olver, N. (2012). Prevalence and predictors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use by men in Australian cancer outpatient services. Annals of Oncology 23(6), 1571-8.

    Scarborough, J., Eliott, J., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2011). General Practitioner’s participation in prescribing Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST): An exploratory study using qualitative methods. Australian Family Physician 40(4), 241-5.

    Eliott, J.A., & Klafke, N. (2011). The family and Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Cancer Forum 35(1), 40-43.

    Eliott, J.A. & Olver, I.N. (2011). Dying cancer patients talk about physician and patient roles in DNR decision-making. Health Expectations 14(2), 147-58. DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2010.00630.x

    Mercurio, R., & Eliott, J.A. (2011). Trick or treat? Australian Newspaper Portrayal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the treatment of cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19: 67-80. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-009-0790-4

    Venning, A., Kettler, L., Zajac, I., Wilson, A., & Eliott, J. (2011) Is hope or mental illness a stronger predictor of mental health? International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 13, 32-39.

    Wade, V., Eliott, J., Karnon, J, Elshaug, A.G. (2010). A qualitative study of sustainability and vulnerability in Australian telehealth services. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 161, 190-201.

    Eliott, J.A. & Olver, I.N. (2009). Hope, life, and death: A qualitative analysis of dying cancer patients’ talk about hope. Death Studies 3(7), 609-638. DOI: 10.1080/07481180903011982

    Venning, A., Eliott, J., Kettler, L., & Wilson, A. (2009). Normative Data for the Hope Scale using Australian adolescents. Australian Journal of Psychology, 61, 100-106.

    Venning, A., Kettler, L., Wilson, A. & Eliott, J. (2009). The effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with hopeful elements to prevent the development of depression in young people: a systematic review. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare 7, 15-33. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1609.2009.00122.x

    Eliott, J.A., Olver, I.N. (2008). Dying cancer patients talk about euthanasia, Social Science & Medicine 67(4), 647-56.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2008). Choosing between life and death: Patient and family perceptions of the decision not to resuscitate the terminally ill cancer patient. Bioethics 22(3), 179-189. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2007.00620.x

    Eliott, J.A., Kealey, C.P., & Olver, I.N. (2008). (Using) Complementary and Alternative Medicine: the perceptions of palliative patients with cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine 11(1), 58-67.

    Olver, I.N., & Eliott, J.A. (2008). Dying cancer patients’ perceptions of Do Not Resuscitate Orders. Psycho-Oncology 17(4): 347-353.

    Venning, A., Eliott, J., Wilson, A., & Kettler, L. (2008). Understanding young peoples’ experience of chronic illness and resulting psychological disorders: A systematic review. International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice 6, 321-336.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2007). Autonomy and the family as (in)appropriate surrogates for the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision: a qualitative analysis of dying cancer patients’ talk. Journal of Clinical Ethics 18(3), 206-218.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2007). Response to Commentary upon ‘Autonomy and the family as (inappropriate surrogates for the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision: a qualitative analysis of dying cancer patients’ talk. Journal of Clinical Ethics 18(3), 233-234.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2007). The implications of dying cancer patients’ talk on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and do-not-resuscitate orders: A discursive analysis. Qualitative Health Research 17(4), 442-455.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2007). Hope and hoping in the talk of dying cancer patients. Social Science and Medicine, 64, 138-149.

    Venning, A., Eliott, J., Whitford, H., & Honnor, J. (2007). The impact of a child’s chronic illness on hopeful thinking in children and parents. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 26, 708-727.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2005). End-of-life decision-making is more than rational. Communication and Medicine 2(1), 21-34.

    Eliott, J., & Olver, I. (2003). Legitimating do-not-resuscitate orders: a discursive study of cancer patients’ speech. Journal of Palliative Care 19(2), 100-106.

    Eliott, J. & Olver I. (2003). Perceptions of 'Good palliative care' orders: A discursive study of cancer patients' comments. Journal of Palliative Medicine 6(1), 59-68.

    Eliott, J.A., & Olver, I.N. (2002). The discursive properties of ‘hope’: A qualitative analysis of cancer patients’ speech. Qualitative Health Research 12(2), 173-193.

    Olver, I.N., Eliott, J.A., & Blake-Mortimer, J. (2002) Cancer patients’ perceptions of Do Not Resuscitate Orders. Psycho-Oncology 11(3), 181-187.


    Eliott, J.A. (2012) Hope. In, Teo, T. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Article ID: 306917; Chapter ID: 380. Available at:  

    Eliott, J.A. (2012). Hope in healthcare. In M. Cobb, C. Puchalski, & B. Rumbold (eds.). The Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare. pp. 119-126 Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Eliott, J.A. (2011). Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In I.N. Olver & M. Robotin (eds.), Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. London: Imperial College Press. pp. 399-418

    Eliott, J.A. (Editor). (2005). Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Hope. Hauppauge, NY: NovaScience. 978-1594541667

    Eliott, J.A. (2005). What have we done with hope? A brief history. In J.A. Eliott (ed.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Hope. Hauppauge, NY: NovaScience

    Venning, A., Kettler, L. Eliott, J., Wilson, A. (2011). Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In R.J.R. Levesque (ed.), Encylopedia of Adolescence (pp. 439-447). New York: Springer. 978-1441916945

    Venning, A., Eliott, J., Kettler, L. Wilson, A. (in press). Complete mental health promotion in South Australian youth: prevalence, measurement, and promotion. In C.L.M. Keyes (ed.). pp. 29-50 Mental well-being: International contributions to the study of positive mental health. New York: Springer. (accepted 24 Feb 2010) 978-94-007-5195-8


  • Community Engagement

    Society for Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (Secretary)

    National Heads of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (Secretary)

    South Australian Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee (member)

    South Australian Interest Group Psycho-oncology Cooperative Research Group (member)

    GriefLink Committee (member)

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